December 27-- Toombs County commissioners held a called meeting the day after Christmas and approved a $16.2 million dollar budget for 2018.
County Manager John Jones says the Maintenance and Operating budget of nearly $10.4 million is a $200,000 increase over this year. The special revenue budget of $5.8 million is a one percent increase and includes funding for the county landfill, E-911, ambulance service, and projects funded by special purpose local option sales taxes and transportation sales taxes.
At its regular December meeting, the commission demonstrated support for Brewton-Parker College by endorsing its efforts to refinance a federal loan which would save the college an estimated $300,000 in interest payments.
It set qualifying fees for county-wide elections in 2018. The seats of District 1 Commissioner Alfred Cason and and District 4 Commissioners Jeff McCormick will be up for election. Qualifying fees for commissioners are $180.
Four seats on the Toombs County Board of Education are up for election including that of Board Chairman Clint Williams and members Russ Benton in District 1, Mitch Bellflower in District 3 and Jonathan Holland in District 5. It will cost $108 to run for the school board chairman's seat and $72.30 for the school board seats.
Clarence Pittman was appointed to the county board of Family and Children's Services to succeed the late Donnie Mann.
A used fire truck was purchased for the Cedar Crossing Volunteer Fire Department. Jones says the 2007 model pumper truck was a bargain at $56,000.
The commissioners are also considering an environmental conservation ordinance mandated by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. The law would make the county health department responsible for the approval of septic tanks in the county.